The Dollar Tree, located at 597 Portion Road in Ronkonkoma, is participating in a company-wide partnership with the non-profit organization "Operation Homefront," to collect school supplies and other donations for military children.
The organization launched its "Back-to-School Brigade" program by forming such partnerships and engaging volunteers across the US to distribute needed school supplies to the children of service members as the new school year draws closer.
This is the sixth consecutive year Operation Homefront has run the campaign, according to a release. Residents can visit the Dollar Tree on Portion Road, purchase the notebooks, pens, or other school supplies at the store and then request to drop it in the box near the entrance. According to an employee at the Ronkonkoma location, there are two collection boxes positioned at the doors as you exit.
“Military families, especially those in the lower and mid-grade enlisted ranks, can see a real money crunch at back-to-school time,” Jim Knotts, president and CEO of Operation Homefront stated in a release. “People in the community who want to say thank you to military families can make a real contribution by being part of the Back-to-School Brigade program.”
Those interested in learning more about the program, and other ways to help military kids, can log on to OperationHomefront.net/backtoschoolbrigade, or visit the campaign's Facebook page.
Last year the program raised more than $2 million in donations and supplies across the nation, including 30,000 backpacks, according to the release.